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How to skip Windows 8 and continue using Windows 7

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    How to skip Windows 8 and continue using Windows 7


    The copy of Windows 7 you're running today will not stop working when Windows 8 comes out. It will continue to be supported for an additional seven years, with mainstream support until January 2015 and extended support until 2020.

    During that time, Microsoft will probably release Windows 9 and Windows 10 and be well on the way to Windows 11. Yes, thanks to Microsoft's extended support lifecycle you will probably be able to upgrade from Windows 7 directly to Windows 11.
    How to skip Windows 8 and continue using Windows 7 | ZDNet

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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    That could be detrimental as if the Start Screen becomes more mainstream, talk about a UI shift!
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    Hi there
    surely if you don't want to upgrade you don't have to. If your computer and software work today they way you like it - it could still work in 50 years time assuming all the hardware was still functional.

    Just because Ms is ending support for XP etc at specific dates doesn't mean the OS will stop dead in its tracks -- true you won't get security updates or anything but if you've never been bothered by this sort of stuff then this wont matter a toss.

    What you could lose though would be the ability to surf sites (your old web browser might not work with new or future web designs)
    and your 16 bit Email application probably wouldn't work on the newer 256 bit Os/s of the future period.

    However for anything that didn't require EXTERNAL connections to the Internet you should be fine for as long as you want to keep the OS.

    You can STILL run Windows 3.11 for workgroups on a VM if you want - available from TechNet -- even today.

    For Old time Mainframers - If you download Hercules you can get a real working version of IBM's MVS 3.8 mainframe OS running on your laptop - complete with TSO sessions etc etc. !!!! Now this OS went out around the late 1970's !!! but you can still run it if you want to.

    Hercules The Hercules System/370, ESA/390, and z/Architecture Emulator

    MVS 3.8J installable system MVS Tur(n)key System - Readme File

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    That could be detrimental as if the Start Screen becomes more mainstream, talk about a UI shift!
    Not at all.

    Firstly , a phone interface might not continue to be the default ui.

    Secondly, whatever method of accessing apps. is included in future Windows will be a lot better and easier to use than it is now
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    There is a different potential problem looming.

    1. Up to now, Joe public walks into pc's r us with £500 to spend.

    The salesman offers a choice of of oem machine 1, and says it is better for gaming - or oem machine 2 - if you don't care much about gaming you might prefer this as it is thinner and lighter, looks sexy, too.

    OK says Joe.

    2. Next year, Joe public walks into pc's r us with £500 to spend.

    The salesman says first of all, which operating system do you want?

    Joe says - HUH what is an operating system

    Salesman: You can have windows 7, or Windows 8 rt , or you can just about get Windows Pro

    Joe: I have no idea what you are talking about - what is the difference?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Just because Ms is ending support for XP etc at specific dates doesn't mean the OS will stop dead in its tracks -- true you won't get security updates or anything but if you've never been bothered by this sort of stuff then this wont matter a toss.
    When support for XP ends (2014) what is going to happen?

    How long will you still be able to download the complete set of XP updates, before MS shuts the update server(s) down?
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    I ran Windows XP, and then skipped Vista and then installed Windows 7.

    When support ends of Windows XP, there simply won't be any new updates for it. The old updates will continue to exist and could be reinstalled if you reinstalled XP again.

    Once Windows 8 is released through, you aren't going to keep seeing Windows 7 PC's sold in stores. All new PC's will come with Windows 8. The user will likely have a downgrade option, but this is something they will have to take care of themselves and reinstall Windows 7 on their machine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    When support ends of Windows XP, there simply won't be any new updates for it. The old updates will continue to exist and could be reinstalled if you reinstalled XP again.
    I realise there won't be any new patches/updates.

    Surely MS will turn the servers off at some point.
    "This thing costs us $50/day in electricity. Shut it off!"

    Can you still get the patches/updates for W98, or W2K from MS (I haven't tried it)?

    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Once Windows 8 is released through, you aren't going to keep seeing Windows 7 PC's sold in stores. All new PC's will come with Windows 8. The user will likely have a downgrade option, but this is something they will have to take care of themselves and reinstall Windows 7 on their machine.
    I'm predicting that there will be a surge in cracked/pirated versions of W7.
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    The main problem I see using an OS past its expiration and burial date is not only security and/or performance updates from Microsoft, but the fact that software coders won't support that old OS anymore. Drivers, probably yeah. But as for third party software support, it goes away. It's happening with xp. First, Microsoft is cutting xp out of Office 2013 and IE 9 and Windows Live Essentials 2011. Then, after that will come the eventual lack of third party software support. For some enterprises that would be a HUGE issue to have outdated software with no chance of updated software due to using an archaic version of Windows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    For some enterprises that would be a HUGE issue to have outdated software with no chance of updated software due to using an archaic version of Windows.
    As jimbo45 and others have stated many times, that is one of the reasons XP is still the 1st or 2nd most widely deployed desktop OS (depending on whose figures you use).

    They can't update the software or hardware (for whatever reason) so they have to keep using XP, even if they want to change.
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